Cat Latimer here. I’m getting ready for the upcoming writers retreat and thinking I might just have to go to the Aspen Hills Grocery to get muffins for the breakfast buffet. The kitchen is dark and nothing is baking. Guests should be arriving sometime Sunday afternoon and I don’t think I’ve even got a room ready for them.

What happened, you ask?

Love.

Love brought down the retreat.

No, Seth and I didn’t get in a fight. It’s Shauna. She’s been seeing a lot of Kevin lately. I mean, a lot. Like staying over at his ranch. The guy even bought her a horse. Shauna’s wanted a pony since she was six years old. It’s a fairy tale romance.

Except I think he’s arrogant and selfish. But, like my mom tells me all the time, it’s not my life.

Anyway, Shauna’s still out at the ranch. She told me she’d be here tomorrow morning first thing, but I’m heading to the store, just in case. Besides, it’s not always all about the food, right?

We’ve got a mixed bunch this time. One writer is retired from an Alaskan police force. She should be interesting. I’m hoping she’s not overbearing. Sometimes, people in law enforcement can think they know everything. Well, except Uncle Pete. He’s never been anything but kind to people. Aspen Hills is really lucky to have him as their police chief. Of course, I might be a little bias.

Anyway, Seth’s coming by to take me to dinner. It’s strange. He’s around a lot during the retreat, but it feels like we don’t get to really talk until the guests go home. To fix that, we’ve started doing a pre-retreat date night. We’re playing mini-golf this evening.

I better go get ready. I’ll see you soon. And if you run into Shauna, don’t tell her I unloaded on you. I’m really trying to be happy and supportive of her in this new relationship. Even if the guy is going to break her heart.

Cat


You can read more about Cat in Of Murder and Men, the third book in the “Cat Latimer” mystery series.

Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . .

Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . .

But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet . . .

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About the author
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook To Murder, book 1 of the series, won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She also pens the Cat Latimer series. A Story To Kill, and Fatality In Firelight are available in mass market paperback. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com.

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